Wi-fi service provider Tomizone has joined the Wireless Broadband Alliance, (WBA), opening up the potential for Tomizone members to access the WBA’s global network of hotspots.
In a statement announcing the move, Tomizone CEO Steve Simms notes that “Joining the WBA will enable Tomizone to continue to offer the highest quality wi-fi access to our customers in strategic locations, offering greater convenience, and potentially revenue, to our customers”.
The statement notes: “over time, Tomizone account holders will have access to the WBA’s thousands of hotspots, while Tomizone hotspot owners will benefit from access to the many million mobile and broadband subscribers of the WBA members.”
The WBA’s goal is to drive wireless broadband adoption globally, by developing common commercial and technical frameworks for interoperability across networks, technologies and devices, according to the statement. It has 36 members, including British Telecom and Deutsche Telekom. Collectively, 90,000 hotspots are operated by WBA member organisations.
The WBA developed the WRIX (wireless roaming intermediary exchange) specification to enable roaming between users of member organisations. According to the statement, “this specification will enable Tomizone to offer accelerated roaming deployment in conjunction with WBA members”.
Tomizone has 16,000 hotspots across Australasia, and also offers services in India and China.